Outdoor Nursery in the Peak District

My name is Janet Packer and I come from a town close to the Peak District in the United Kingdom. I am currently in the process of setting up an outdoor nursery for children aged 2 to 5 in the Peak District! The idea is to have around 4 acres of space outside where children can learn through playing, grow their own food, learn to cook on a camp fire etc. If this goes well, I would like to grow the business to after school and holiday clubs, family sessions and to also offer training to other early years practitioners. Currently, I am working with potential investors to get my own piece of land.

For a few years now, I have had the idea of setting this up. I pursued a degree in environmental studies and teaching, and for my dissertation, I was given the chance to go to Vancouver. Here, I got inspired to develop a teaching curriculum where children would be outside. I believe that many curricula that only take place in the classroom are too confined, so I started to research other possibilities and alternatives.

In my area, my kindergarten would be the first place where there is a fulltime, outside curriculum! In the long term it would be great if I could develop the business as a franchise, but right now I am just fully focused on getting started.

To all women who want to set up their own business, I would say: Believe in your idea and believe in yourself! You will face obstacles and get knocked down, but if you really have a passion for your idea, you will make it!

Jane Packer

2 Responses

  1. Julie

    Good luck Janet. It was really pleasurable to read your words and sense within them your strong belief and passion.

  2. Julie

    Good luck Janet. It was really pleasurable to read your words and sense within them your strong belief and passion.

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